Brevity of Life

Two friends passed away suddenly within the last six weeks. We were shocked because both were about our age, and apparently in good health as far as we know.

The first was a deacon in our church, whom we have known for over 15 years. He loved to share the gospel with unsaved relatives and friends, including his clients. Not many people I know would put their faith ahead of their business, but he did. Whenever the Christian book store have bibles on sale, he would load up to give to others so that they might know the Lord too. He also had a gentle approach to life and problem-solving, so made valuable contributions in resolving conflicts in church as a peace-maker. He suffered a stroke and departed after a week in coma.

The second was a friend we’ve known for three decades. He was a very handy and down-to-earth guy. Whenever there are practical projects to be done at church, he would roll up his sleeves and get down to business. He was also a very caring person, and would help out anybody in need. Not a talkative person, but his character showed forth in his action. He had a freak accident while doing landscaping by himself, and was already gone by the time he was discovered.

Reminds me of Psalm 103:15-16 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. It would be a sad story if the Psalm ended there, but it doesn’t. Verses 17-18 continue, But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. There are many things we don’t understand, but one thing we do know is that the LORD’s love is everlasting with those who fear Him. May the LORD comfort their spouses who are loving sisters.

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